Thursday, February 1, 2007

A Get-Rich-Quick Scheme I Recommend

The love of riches is gaining in respectability among young Americans. A recent poll, conducted by Pew Research Center, asked 18-to 25-year-olds to rate their generations most important goals in life. Eighty-one percent said "to get rich" and fifty-one percent said "to be famous" were important to people their age.

But shouldn't one ask: What does it mean to be truly rich? Is it having the hottest car? Is it having the latest that technology has to offer? Or is there more? Is there another kind of rich that the world cannot offer?

God's word says this: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich." (2 Cor. 8:9). Aha! There is another kind of rich, and it's a kind of rich that one can experience uniquely through Jesus Christ. But what kind of riches does this speak of? The very best riches.

The Bible says: "For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ." (2 Cor 5:21). The Bible is speaking of the riches of forgiveness, of acceptance, of right-standing with God - these are the greatest riches of all.

Jesus spoke of a man who found a treasure hid in a field, and with joy he went and sold all he had and bought the field. Have you found this treasure yet? Have you found these riches that are beyond compare and that fill you with true joy? Two thinGS: (1) The riches of which I speak come through saving faith in Jesus Christ. (2) Why settle for the second-rate, fading riches of this world?

Pastor Van Morris

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